- They ultimately have a purpose. Whether it is a mechanical issue, a problem at the airport, weather, or other factors, the reasons for a plane to be in a holding pattern are for the good of the passengers and everyone in the vicinity. The purpose may not always be readily apparent, though.
- They end eventually. Passengers on the plane in question have no choice but to wait it out. But one way or another, a plane has to come down. And the holding pattern may be the difference between coming down gently or, um, not so gently.
Here are a couple of things I’ve noticed about holding patterns.